What Should Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Look Like in our High School in Pangnirtung?
Nunavut schools are mandated to promote and practice Inuit Quajimajaqangit (IQ) but what does this mean and what does it look like? As co-principal, Lena Metuq worked with colleagues to make eight IQ principles of behaviour the driving force of their school. She kept records and a reflective journal. With Inuit and non-Inuit staff, students took part in seasonal activities, learned traditional skills, engaged in collaboration and service. Barriers to implementation were a non-seasonal school timetable and lack of adequate funding for vital activities such as Spring Camp. Lena observes that, “students become different when they are learning their language and culture. They shine… Their other strengths come out. When they are in their environment where there are no walls, they are different. When they work with Elders they are respectful, observant and try new things.”